Thursday, May 31, 2012

Nicaragua's 'revolutionary' war on drugs

Rivas, Nicaragua - Ravished by violent drug trafficking organisations flush with prohibition profits, Central America is now one of the deadliest places on Earth, with Honduras experiencing even more murders per capita than Iraq. That's led some politicians to start talking about something they never would have considered just a decade ago, at least publicly: breaking with the militarised, literal war on drugs favoured by the United States in favour of decriminalisation - and perhaps even outright legalisation. But contrary to what one might assume, it's not the "anti-American" leftists leading the charge, but the reliably pro-American heads of the region's center-right governments.

Read the rest at Al Jazeera.

3 comments:

  1. While you obviously focused on Central America, I'm curious as to where Evo Morales is in all this.

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  2. Anonymous7:44 PM

    Very interesting article, thanks.

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  3. Rojo,

    Morales has clashed with the DEA, which he has accused of being full of spies, and his government has fought for the rights of those who chew coca leaves, which is a pretty big deal there. Morales has also questioned the current US focus on militarization, though I haven't heard him come out in favor of legalization.

    This is a pretty good roundup of the status quo in Bolivia as I understand it, having never been there myself: http://ain-bolivia.org/2012/04/where-does-bolivia-stand-on-drug-decriminalization-and-legalization/

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